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cattle egret - ardeola ibis

cattle egret, Ardeola ibis in breeding plumage

Cattle egret Ardeola ibis IMG 7376 - When the time comes to find a mate, Australian cattle egrets put on their best dress, and their bland white plumage becomes enhanced with a golden glow. This bird was photographed at the botanic gardens in the Queensland city of Bundaberg where a large colony of these waterbirds have set up home.

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